Anti-Muslim Mindset Unnecessarily Draining US Financially

Posted on February 1, 2007

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by ABUKAR ARMANA

A recent public opinion survey conducted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) reveals that Muslims are still perceived negatively in the U.S. […]

An open-ended question, “When you hear the word ‘Muslim,’ what is the first thought that comes to your mind?” indicates that Muslims still carry the 9/11 burden.  Only 6% of those surveyed indicated a positive perception as they offered responses such “good religion,” “good people,” “faithful,” “devout,” “misunderstood.”  By contrast, 26% admitted to espousing negative perceptions about Muslims, as they offered answers such as “violence,” “hatred,” “terrorists,” “war,” “guns,” “towel-heads” and “rag-heads.”

[…] In a recent interview, Professor John Mueller, the author of bestselling book Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them, stated that America is frightened senseless…and that there are some “well-meaning” special interest groups “who grossly exaggerated the threat of terrorism” and as a result created a “terrorism industry” that in due course became an economic abyss. The national treasury is being drained as the U.S. tries to build a bulwark against a mirage of fear and dashes to every corner of the world where the “al-Qaida flag” is waved. [more]

Please click here to read the whole article entitled “On Overblown Threats and Islamophobia” in the Baltimore Chronicle and Sentinel.

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